Roundtable on Global Governance: Challenges & Opportunities

Nov 22 2018 to Nov 24 2018

This three-day roundtable cum PG course explored the recent challenges and opposition to the continued evolution of global governance to identify the key drivers of global social evolution, critical obstacles and impediments, the most desirable goals and effective strategies to further progress toward their realization. 

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Round table on the Future of Democracy: Challenges & Opportunities

Apr 3 2018 to Apr 5 2018

This three day roundtable, held on April 3-5, 2018 at IUC Dubrovnik, explored the evolutionary origins of democratic forms of government; their strengths and weaknesses in promoting stable inclusive societies, human welfare and well-being; the continued struggle over the distribution of power, rights and benefits in modern societies; the challenges posed by globalization, immigration, technological advances, money power, social media and resurgent nationalism; available policies and proven mechanisms to enhance their effectiveness and reinforce underlying democratic principles; and evolutionary alternatives that might gradually supplant the forms of democracy prevalent today.

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Mind, Thinking & Creativity

Nov 6 2017 to Nov 9 2017

Mind is humanity’s highest developed instrument for seeking knowledge. It is an instrument with remarkable capabilities and characteristic limitations. It is ironic that we invest so little time in education and scientific endeavor trying to understand the nature of mental knowledge and the character of the mental processes by which we arrive at it. The objective of this course was to arrive at an understanding of the inherent limits to rationality and mental ways of knowing, as well as the extraordinary creative and intuitive processes by which mind transcends those limitations and tends toward genius.

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Human-Centered Economics

Feb 1 2017 to Feb 3 2017

The multidimensional challenges confronting humanity today are human-made and can be changed by a change in thought and action. Contemporary economic thought is built on a mind-frame that originated prior to the Industrial Revolution when scarcity of goods in a world of abundant resources was the primary concern, economic growth was considered synonymous with human welfare, and impact of humanity on the environment was completely ignored. Without challenging obvious flaws in existing theory, it will be not be possible to significantly alter current policies and practices.

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Post-Graduate Certificate Course on Social Power

Oct 31 2016 to Nov 4 2016

Humanity lives in a time of unprecedented capacity for accomplishment in every field of social life. Never before have we possessed power of this magnitude for good or for evil. Never before has power been so widely distributed within society. Democracy, law, human rights, science, technology, education and many other forms of social organization have generated immense power.

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Mind, Thinking & Creativity

Apr 12 2016 to Apr 15 2016

This course explored the characteristics of mental knowledge and thought processes, types of thinking, the character of rational thought, the mental and social construction of knowledge, deep thinking, creativity and genius. Rather than focus on abstract philosophical concepts, it applied this knowledge to understand both the sources of humanity’s prolific mental creativity, the characteristic problems it confronts due to irresolvable conflicts and contradictions between mental perspectives, and their resolution in different fields of natural and social science, public policy, collective and individual behavior.

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Post-Graduate Certificate Course in Future of Education

Sep 21 2015 to Sep 23 2015

Education is the most sophisticated technology evolved by human beings for conscious social evolution. Yet the slow incremental development of education in recent decades has not kept pace with the very rapid evolution of society. WUC and WAAS are projecting far-sighted concepts for a human-centered paradigm in education for the 21st century. The deficiencies of the present system have been well-documented and key characteristics of the new paradigm have been identified. This course undertook an in-depth examination of essential changes in perspective, goals, values, content and pedagogy of higher education. It presented an opportunity for intense interaction among faculty and students to develop new ideas and strategies.

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Essence of Effective Leadership

Mar 30 2015 to Apr 3 2015

This post-graduate certificate course in Effective Leadership explored the characteristics common to leaders and examined methods by which these characteristics can be developed by individuals.

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Toward an Integrated Science of Society

Sep 1 2014 to Sep 6 2014

The accelerated pace of social change, increasing complexity of interactions between fields and globalization of interactions presents humanity with a nexus of challenging problems – political, economic, legal, social, cultural, psychological and ecological – that defy comprehension and resolution by a piecemeal, sectorial approach based on the prevailing principles of social science. Efforts to combine and integrate perspectives from different disciplines are limited by the absence of a common conceptual framework. This six-day trans-disciplinary course explored common principles and processes governing survival, growth, development, evolution and social revolution applicable to all fields, including awareness, social energy, organization, networks, language, law, technology, money, complexity, power, culture, values, consciousness and ways of knowing.

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Individuality & Values in Social Evolution

Aug 25 2014 to Aug 30 2014

This transdisciplinary study examined the role of Individuality and Values in personal achievement, growth of personality and social evolution drawing on evidence from Management Science, History, Psychology and Literature. History demonstrates that individuals have the power to change the world. This course examined the relationship between creative individuals and society searching for insights into the principles and process that governs successful human initiatives and their consequences in various fields of life.

The course explored a variety of themes including characteristics of high achieving individual, individuality as catalyst for social change, role of relationships and networks, power of values, biological, social, psychological and spiritual dimensions of life, character of life, personal achievement, growth and self-realization.

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